WWE, A&E expand programming partnership
March 2, 2022
By Nik Roseveare
A&E and WWE have announced a multi-year expansion of their programming partnership with the commissioning of more than 130 new hours of premium WWE-themed series and specials to air exclusively on A&E platforms and to be distributed globally by A+E Networks.
The multi-platform partnership includes 35 new episodes of the Emmy-award winning franchise Biography, featuring documentaries on legends of WWE. Last year’s Biography: WWE Legends was A&E’s most-watched series in 2021.
WWE is also beginning production on 24 new episodes of the original series WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures, which will air over multiple seasons. The first season of WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures was A&E’s most-watched new series of last year.
A&E has also ordered 40 hours of the new series, WWE Rivals (working title) which will chronicle the stories behind the biggest clashes in WWE history. The episodes will include revelatory insights from those who were a part of the rivalries that often extended far beyond the ring and the cameras.
Additional hours of original programming are also currently in development.
“The collaboration between these two powerhouse brands has already proven to resonate with audiences and we look forward to working together to create premium content with broad appeal,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E. “WWE’s incredible fanbase and talent roster are a great complement to A&E’s unique brand of in-depth storytelling that take fans behind the curtain and we are thankful to the entire WWE team for their partnership.”
“A&E is an amazing partner with an impressive lineup of signature series across its networks,” added Nick Khan, WWE President. “The expansion of our partnership will allow us to continue creating a massive slate of new content with a trusted partner, while further establishing A&E as a destination for WWE fans for years to come.”